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Metasploit Penetration Testing Cookbook

By : Abhinav Singh
Book Image

Metasploit Penetration Testing Cookbook

By: Abhinav Singh

Overview of this book

Metasploit® software helps security and IT professionals identify security issues, verify vulnerability mitigations, and manage expert-driven security assessments. Capabilities include smart exploitation, password auditing, web application scanning, and social engineering. Teams can collaborate in Metasploit and present their findings in consolidated reports. The goal of the software is to provide a clear understanding of the critical vulnerabilities in any environment and to manage those risks.Metasploit Penetration Testing Cookbook targets both professionals and beginners to the framework. The chapters of the book are logically arranged with an increasing level of complexity and cover Metasploit aspects ranging from pre-exploitation to the post-exploitation phase thoroughly. The recipe structure of the book provides a good mix of both theoretical understanding and practical implementation. This book will help readers in thinking from a hacker's perspective to dig out the flaws in target networks and also to leverage the powers of Metasploit to compromise them. It will take your penetration skills to the next level.The book starts with the basics such as gathering information about your target and gradually covers advanced topics like building your own framework scripts and modules. The book goes deep into operating systems-based penetration testing techniques and moves ahead with client-based exploitation methodologies. In the post- exploitation phase, it covers meterpreter, antivirus bypass, ruby wonders, exploit building, porting exploits to framework, and third party tools like armitage, and SET. Metasploit Penetration Testing Cookbook is the required guide to penetration testing and exploitation.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Metasploit Penetration Testing Cookbook
About the Author
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Passive information gathering 1.0 – the traditional way

Let us deal with some of the most commonly used techniques for information gathering.

Getting ready

whois, Dig, and Nslookup are the three most basic and simplest steps for gaining initial information about our target. As both are passive techniques of gaining information, hence no connectivity with the target is required. These commands can be executed directly from the terminal of BackTrack. So, launch the terminal window and proceed further.

How to do it...

We will start our information gathering with a simple whois lookup. whois is an in-built command in BackTrack so we can directly invoke it from our terminal.

Let us quickly perform a whois lookup on and analyze the output. The output can be big, so here we will only focus on relevant points of the output.

root@bt:~# whois	
   Whois Server:
   Referral URL: http...